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Mon Aug 8, 2016, 07:16 AM

State hospital patients upset over data breach

Patients at the Oregon State Hospital's maximum security ward report being upset that their private medical information was improperly shared by a hospital psychiatrist.

On June 9, a psychiatrist used a cell phone to photograph a patient census sheet and accidentally sent it to six people, said Joni DeTrant, medical records director at OSH. The census sheet lists patient names, identification numbers, treatment information, legal status, precaution and privilege levels, and includes a photo of each patient.

Patient Douglas Styles, 44, said federal privacy laws are supposed to prevent releasing this kind of information.

"People are pretty upset. They really donít know what to do," he said. Styles said he is a patient in the Lighthouse 1 section of the hospital, its maximum security ward, which he said houses about 25 patients.

Read more: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/state-workers/2016/08/07/state-hospital-patients-upset-over-medical-data-leak/88048628/

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